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Marc Márquez’s introduction to the Moto2 category had been a particularly tough one for the reigning 125cc World Champion, who crashed in the opening three races of his debut campaign before taking victory in Sunday’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.
Inexperience may have cost the Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider in Qatar, where he crashed out, and a fall through no fault of his own proved his undoing at Jerez. The 18 year-old also crashed at Estoril where he was able to rejoin the race and finish 21st, leaving him with no Championship points and plenty to consider after three races of the 2011 campaign.
Round 4 at Le Mans was a different story however as the young Spaniard pulled on all the experience he had gained, recovering from a poor start which had seen him drop down to ninth by the end of the opening lap to plough his way through the field and take the win.
“I’m really happy because in the end we’ve got a good result after three races in which the results were not so good,” said Márquez. “I’m so happy for the team and for me because this weekend we have worked a lot for the race with used tyres, and then at the end of the race I had a very good setting. Now we will see if I can improve my level, but now I want to enjoy the moment.”
“The second part of the race was the most important, and I think the reason was because in the practice sessions we worked a lot on used tyres and then we had a very good grip. We were sliding a little bit but that’s normal for used tyres. Overtaking in this class is more difficult, you have to be sure before gaining a position.”
Next up is Márquez’s home race at Catalunya, and he is keeping his expectations in check ahead of the fifth round.
“In Catalunya we will see,” he said. “For the moment we have won at Le Mans, but now at Catalunya it will of course be different. Stefan Bradl, Lüthi, Takahashi… they’re all very strong, so there we will just continue in the same manner and I’ll try to do my best.”
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